Run Your Tail Off at Colorado State: Annual Fast and the Furriest Fun Run Promises Fur and Excitement for Animals and Animal Lovers

Runners and walkers of all ages and their animal companions are invited to celebrate human and animal health at the third annual Fast and the Furriest 5K and 1K fun run on Saturday, April 22, at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Medical Center. More than 450 participants are expected to hoof it around a scenic course and then enjoy food, music, entertainment and, weather permitting, hot air balloon rides provided by local sponsors, donors and volunteers.

Prizes will be awarded to the fastest humans as well as to the fastest, biggest, smallest and furriest animal finishers.

Race day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the medical center, 300 W. Drake Road. The 5K race begins at 9 a.m., and the 1K race begins at 10 a.m.

Just added to the entertainment line-up are human and canine talent from Get Over It Agility, a canine-training group that will demonstrate agility, obedience and herding abilities of dogs who have garnered multiple honors at the United States Dog Agility Association National competitions.  

Radio station MY 97.9 will provide lively background tunes for the event, and an expo of student clubs and services is expected to help raise awareness of the many facets of veterinary medicine.

Race proceeds will go toward Colorado State University’s Companion Care Fund, which helps to reduce the financial burdens that may keep pet owners from otherwise seeking veterinary care for their animals. The fund, which provides hope for owners and their animals in need, is entirely need-based and reserved solely for members of the local community.

For information on the Fast and the Furriest fun run, including participant restrictions, schedule of events and registration, pick up a pre-registration form at Fort Collins Runner’s Roost and Foot of the Rockies locations. Online race registration is available at

Donations to support the event can be made by visiting and selecting "The Fast and the Furriest" from "Events of Interest."